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Steelers rework Alejandro Villanueva's contract, save nearly $4 million

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured left tackle Alejandro Villanueva's contract to create close to $4 million in salary cap space for the new league year.

The Steelers will convert most of Villanueva's 2018 earnings, which includes a $3 million roster bonus, into signing bonuses. Villanueva signed a four-year, $24 million contract in July.

Since February, Pittsburgh has restructured four veteran contracts totaling more than $25 million in new cap space. That number will rise to more than $30 million with the imminent release of defensive backs Mike Mitchell and William Gay.